The ’80s were Christie’s most prosperous decade for adaptations until the 2000s, with Peter Ustinov‘s Poirot, Joan Hickson‘s Marple, Francesca Annis and James Warwick as Tommy and Tuppence, and assorted other film and TV adaptations. While Christie had been disappointed with the vast majority of adaptations in her lifetime, the 80s would see her work treated far more reverently, and thus lead to David Suchet‘s purist revival in the 90s. Yet, however obliquely, most of these would not have been possible without this pair of TV movies from the start of the decade.

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Hercule Poirot #14

In one room: Poirot and his friends play bridge. In the other: Mr. Shaitana and his exhibits play murder.

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Welcome back, readers: today we enter Dame Agatha’s Top 30, with five examples of vintage Christie – not quite classics, but books that shouldn’t disappoint any fans out there. The last five reviews are here, or you can see the complete list at the index. Now, on with the show…

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Today, we’ll be examining another five average Agatha Christie novels (mostly Miss Marple, so we’ll be discussing her flaws and qualities in abundance), as we move steadily up the charts. As always, please see my introductory post for the guidelines. There aren’t any explicit spoilers in this post.

The last five posts can be found here. Now, let us continue…

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Welcome back, as we review five more of Agatha Christie‘s novels. Please read my introductory post for notes, and a reminder that I’ll forewarn any book spoilers. The last five reviews are posted here.

On with the show…

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